THE PROMISE of finding an item in a supermarket or a meeting room in an office building using the lights for guidance took a step closer this month following a partnership between a major luminaire maker and a tech start-up.
The teaming up of Panasonic Lighting Americas and the location specialists Pointr will ‘put a concierge in your pocket’ by allowing building occupants to navigate using their smart phones, forecast Pointr chief Ege Akpinar.
The system works by combining Bluetooth wirelessly controlled LED luminaires with intelligent beaconing, lighting management system control and an enabled ‘indoor positioning system’.
The set-up allows the user’s mobile device to receive X, Y and Z co-ordinates with reliable and accurate Bluetooth technology.
Additionally, by integrated with a facility’s Content Management System (CMS), visitors can interact with the venue in real-time for a personalised customer experience.
The system can direct the visitor to any destination within the building – whether to a specific product in the store, meeting room or hospital room.
Additionally, the technology can serve as a logistics tool for buildings such as warehouses, by guiding people and machines to goods via the lighting infrastructure, improving efficiency and boosting productivity.
‘The partnership with Panasonic Lighting Americas was a natural fit for Pointr,’ said Akpinar. ‘As businesses reopen, we look forward to bringing the power of location-based services indoors, whether they’re at work, in a shop, at an airport or at a resort.’
‘This technology allows us to create safer and more efficient spaces, enabling enhanced user experience while also improving operations in smart offices, retail stores, airports, industrial buildings and hospitals. And this is just the start.’
‘Our rich, cutting-edge solutions are designed to easily add functionality and IoT readiness to luminaires, all in one cost-effective package,’ said Mark Verheyen, president of Panasonic Lighting Americas.
‘With our breadth and depth of experience in indoor commercial lighting controls systems, we recognise the need to easily scale up to large commercial spaces.
‘For many of our customers, flexibility is key and being able to use the same technology on both small and large systems is a major benefit for compatibility, reliability and commonality within an entire facility.’